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Kids were in good hands at GSHS

Dear Editor,

This Saturday, May 25, marked the end of an era for our family, and it was a bittersweet time. The last of our four children graduated from Glenwood Springs High School. We have had a student actively involved with academics, sports, the arts and music, as well as extracurricular activities including Key Club, Mock Trial, Student Council, the National Honor Society and DECA since 1989. Our kids, Malachi and Jameal Ewbank and Ian and Ashley Holtum, have greatly benefited from the guidance, support and expertise of the faculty, staff and administration of GSHS and we want to acknowledge those individuals who have made a difference in the lives of our children.

First of all, we thank Mike Wells, who has always been a positive leader and supporter of the kids whether in the halls or at a sports event. Sonya Hemmen and her predecessor, Jackie Earnhart, have made what could be difficult teen years easier by providing a place (literally in their offices) of safety, Bob Willey has made certain that schedules were changed when appropriate and most importantly, has made it a point to know each student’s (ours and everyone else’s) name.

To the many teachers who have touched our kids’ hearts and minds and who have challenged each of them to strive for excellence, our sincere thanks. You have all left an imprint, but Anne Brooks, Roger Zastrow, Roger Duroux, Becky Magnall, Colette Strausburg, Mike Wilde, Steve Cable, Jeannie Miller, Robert Zentmyer and Bryan Whiting have guided Malachi to write well and be the fourth-grade teacher into whose class most of the Spanish-speaking children are placed, given Jameal an appreciation of the value of an education, inspired Ian to “follow his dream” incorporating art and computer technology with the humanities, and helped Ashley achieve top honors in music, business, science and a general love of learning. What more could any parent ask?

We also want to recognize some of the coaches who have greatly influenced all of our lives. Not all of these people are school district personnel; in fact, most are community members who give generously and consistently of themselves because they believe in the positive potential of kids. Their work and dedication are often the means that keep kids in school paving the way for teachers to further connect. Steve White has coached all four of our kids through years of soccer, while track coach Blake Reisner and former coaches Trent Sanderson, Don Miller and Pat Gabriel gave both Ian and Malachi the skills and training to be state competitors. Cyndi Rippy has guided Ashley through 12 years of soccer and has become a role model hard to emulate. Finally, we thank Judge Vic Zerbi and his volunteer attorneys for seven years of Mock Trial – it’s been a wild and wonderful ride for us all.

Terry and I have been proud to wear the Red and White (or red and black or red and gray) sweatshirts displaying the GSHS emblem at various meets and contests over the past 13 years because GSHS is a wonderful school (yes, there are always problems to solve and issues to resolve), one from which, as our children have gone on to college and “real life,” they regard as a place in which they grew up and became prepared for the future. Thank you to all who have helped our kids along the way – we will miss being a part of the GSHS life.


Cristine Aronson

and Terry Ewbank

Glenwood Springs

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